36 boats won $120,000 in prize money in 17th Hatteras Village Offshore
anglers vied for $120, 000 in prize money in the 17th annual Hatteras
Village Offshore Open billfishing tournament, and despite some rough
weather in the beginning, the tournament paid off for some lucky
A total of 14 blue marlin, three white marlin, one sailfish, one
yellowfin tuna, and 13 dolphin were caught in this year’s tournament,
and all of the marlin but one were released.
The event kicked off on Tuesday, May 10, with registration, a cocktail
party, and dinner. Fishing began on Wednesday, May 11, and continued
through Saturday, May 14, ending with a banquet and awards ceremony at
the Hatteras Village Civic Center.
The tournament started off with a bang. According to Steve Jones, a
Hatteras local and the first mate on the winning boat, Wired Up,
Wednesday was a pretty rough day, but—at least in terms of the number
of billfish released— it was the best day of the tournament.
Of the 27 boats that braved the elements on Wednesday, 10 of them
released or landed fish. There were eight blue marlin, one
marlin, and five dolphin caught on Wednesday, and all but one of the
marlin were released.
The one marlin that was brought in turned out to be a whopper—a
511.2-pound fish that resulted in a big pay out for the Low Profile,
captained by Hatteras local Darrin Callahan. It was the
blue marlin caught in the tournament, netting Callahan and crew the
largest pay out— $30, 600 in prize money.
Overall billfish winner, Wired Up, also had a good showing on
Wednesday, catching a blue marlin, a white marlin, and a dolphin, and
they were the only boat to catch a fish on Thursday—a day when most
boats chose to take their lay day. Only 10 of the 36 boats ventured
offshore because of an unfavorable forecast.
“[The weather] was about the same as Wednesday,” said Jones, “but it’s
a good thing we went, because we caught another blue marlin.”
Indeed, it was that second blue marlin that put Wired Up on top,
allowing the crew and anglers to take home the top prizes in the level
1 and 2 billfish category, as well as the daily marlin release payouts
for both Wednesday and Thursday. In total, Jones, Captain
Shepherd, and the team of Virginia anglers aboard the Wired Up won more
than $30,000 in prize money.
“It was like a reunion,” Jones said of the experience, noting that he
had fished on the same boat, with the same captain and team in last
year’s tournament, and had won the Hatteras Harbor Offshore Open with
Shepherd 25 years ago.
Other top prize winners this year included Sea Striker, captained by
Adrian Holler; Outer Limits, captained by Jim Rickman; Fishing Partner,
captained by Darrell Brower, and Magic Moment, captained by Edgar
Sea Striker caught and released two blue marlin and two large dolphin
took home $23,706 in prize money. Outer Limits released two
marlin and took home $17, 284 in prize money.
Fishing Partner released one blue marlin on Friday and won $3,718 in
the daily marlin release category, and Magic Moment caught a 19.9-pound
Dolphin on the last day, winning them the $3,612 daily meat fish prize
To see all the results from this year’s tournament, as well as
pictures, individual boat details, and registration information, visit
the Hatteras Village Offshore Open’s website at www.hvoo.org.